Manual microneedling, also known as percutaneous collagen induction, stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins found in our skin that provide its strength and elasticity. They keep our skin looking firm and supple. As we age we have a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin, and this makes our skin thin and fragile, leading to wrinkle formation. Micro-needling involves a device with an oscillating head that has very fine needles causing tiny “micro-injuries” to the skin. This creates channels directly into the skin to aid in the absorption of cosmeceuticals and stimulates your body’s own collagen production.  Microneedling by itself can increase collagen production thereby decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. An additional benefit is when it is used with a high quality cosmeceutical it can increase the cosmeceutical’s absorption into the skin by 300%. At ComplexionPerfexion we use a high quality growth factor serum that is generously applied to the skin as the microneedling device drives the serum deep into the dermis. This process stimulates your own natural growth factors, fibroblasts, and collagen, resulting in thicker, healthier skin and skin remodeling to reduce and even resolve the appearance of scars.


Radio Frequency Microneedling (RFMN) is used to rejuvenate the skin and improve the skin surface by reducing fine lines, expression lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne scars. The concept of Microneedling is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical injury such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. As the Microneedling device is moved across the skin, pin-point punctures are made to create very minor micro injuries. In response to the perceived injury, a cascade of growth factors will be released, which in turn triggers new collagen synthesis. This process has two major benefits – it effectively stimulates collagen formation and provides a clear channel for topical serums and growth factors to be absorbed through the surface of the skin. Since RFMN does not use light energy it is safe on darker skin types.

Frequently Asked Questions

What skin problems is microneedling used for?

It is recommended for people with acne and surgical scars, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, skin discoloration, and generally thin skin.

I have dark skin, can this be safely used for me?

Since microneedling as well as radio frequency microneedling are not a light-based therapies, they can used on any skin shade, although pigment alteration can occur, although this is a very rare side-effect.

Is this treatment painful?

Topical anesthetic is applied to the skin 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure.  With manual microneedling, the device is glided over the skin while the cosmeceutical is applied. In the case of radio frequency microneedling, the needles are stamped which can  create a different element of discomfort for some. 

How many treatment area recommended and how long does it take to see results?

In most cases a series of 3 to 6 micro-needling procedures is necessary to see most favorable results of this skin care treatment. You will see a noticeable change in skin with 2 to 3 weeks.

What can I expect after a treatment?

Immediately following the procedure the skin will feel tight, dry, swollen, and sensitive to the touch. It will also look and feel sunburned. The sensitivity and redness will diminish significantly within 24 hours.   Tiny pinpoint scabs may form 24-72 hours after treatment and will shed over the next 3-5 days.  There also can be mild swelling.

What are some of the common side effects?

Microneedling can cause redness that looks and feels similar to a sunburn. This redness usually returns to normal within a few hours for manual microneedling, and lasts about 24-48 hours after radio frequency microneedling. Side effects of pigment alteration can occur, although rare. You may feel sore and tender for about one day.

How do I choose between manual microneedling or radio frequency microneedling?

There are various reasons why one or the other may be best for you.  Schedule a free consultation with our Nurse Practitioner to discuss which is right for you.



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